It wasn’t just plenty of pasta served in Milan this week.
The city of style played host to some of the most fashionable supermodels and celebrities, with Italy’s finest couturiers and designers showcasing their Fall/Winter 2022 collections.
Delivering on all fronts, this week was full of unmissable moments, but did you happen to catch them all?
From Bottega Veneta’s return to the runway under the helm of newly-appointed Creative Director Matthieu Blazy, to the surprise must-have fashion item that sent the internet spirling, keep reading below for the unmissable fashion moments from Milan Fashion Week.
Gucci Unveils Their Collaboration With Adidas
Sneakerheads and hypebeasts rejoice! Fresh from their collaboration with streetwear label The North Face, Gucci is cementing their accessible ready-to-wear offering by collaborating with sporting brand Adidas.
The collection gives new meaning to haute couture le mode du sportif. Quintessential Gucci suits in corduroy and jacquard were reimagined with the classic three stripes, while the Adidas tracksuit was fashioned into corsets and berets.
Of course, Adidas’ trefoil symbol also received the makeover treatment.
The sports world is about to get a little more chic.
Fendi Gave Us A Lesson In 80s Power Dressing
Fendi surprised us all with their pastel-hued, geometric Fall/Winter collection.
Kim Jones has continued to delve deep into Fendi’s archives for his ready-to-wear collections (look no further than the Antonio Lopez Spring/Summer 2022 presentation), but it was a rather serendipitous moment in the Fendi atelier that inspired the collection.
Jones noticed Delfina Delettrez—daughter of Silvia Fendi—wearing one of Karl Lagerfeld’s 1986 designs and immediately made it the basis of his collection.
Featuring 80s proportions, including wide shoulders and tailored two piece ensembles, Jones took a step back in time, incorporating Memphis design shapes and formations.
While we’re not sure if crimped hair or leg warmers will have a revival anytime soon, you can expect to see the resurgence of 80s power dressing.
Prada Single Handedly Made The Tank Top Cool Again
Who would have ever thought that a tank top would have broken the internet?
While we all know that Prada is a mastermind of creating covetable items—seriously, their Spring/Summer slingbacks and sorbet minis were the hottest street style look in Milan—we could have never guessed that a simple wife beater adorned with Prada’s classic triangle logo would be our new fashion must-have.
Pair it with a neopolitan-esque midi skirt à la the styling of the show or simply throw it on with your favourite Cleo or 2005 Re-Nylon for the ultimate effortlessly chic look.
Matthieu Blazy Made His Debut As Creative Director At Bottega Veneta
“What makes Bottega Veneta, Bottega Veneta?” This was the question newly appointed creative director Matthieu Blazy explored at his debut runway show.
Showcasing in front of an impeccably dressed celebrity crowd, including Australian heartthrob Jacob Elordi, the result was classic Bottega Veneta. House codes of leather goods, classic knitwear, traditional tailoring and avant-garde ready to wear were reexamined with modernity and austerity.
Blazy proved that he’s the premiere custodian of Bottega Veneta with his introductory presentation demonstrating valour and expertise. Honestly, we can’t stop thinking about the show.
Max Mara Proved That Less Is More
You’ve probably seen the Dada art movement in action but may know little to nothing about it. Less so about Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp who played a pivotal role in the foundation of the trend.
It was this sense of rediscovery and unearthing that Max Mara channelled in their Fall/Winter 2022 show.
As an homage to Taeuber-Arp’s penchant for geometric forms and colourful vocabulary, Max Mara presented minimalist silhouettes that play on our expectations of volume and contrast.
Emporio Armani Showcased A New Age Of Glamour
On Emporio Armani’s checkerboard runway, a revived sense of glamour was apparent. While menswear silhouettes were kept classic with monochromatic colour palettes, the womenswear offerings were anything but.
Bubblegum pinks were fashioned into chiffon silk trousers, 80s rara skirts with peplum detailing or as a faux-fur trim on a cardigan. Sequin embroidery was used carefully to bring new dimension and movement to the garments with 90s Memphis design shapes also making an appearance.
Sportmax Showcases A Wardrobe For The Modern Day Femme Fatale
Dial S for… sensual dressing? No. Sophistication? Wrong.
Dial S for the new Sportmax collection, an ode to the post-pandemic body conscious movement that sees us embracing and reclaiming the feminine silhouette.
As a manifesto of the ultimate seductress, the femme fatale, fetish silhouettes are reinterpreted with a refined sense of authority and dominance best seen in PCV gowns, jersey dresses and tailored suiting.
Ferragamo Reinterprets Casual Dressing For The Modern Woman
Ferragamo’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection explored the dichotomy between formal and informal and the intersection of these juxtapositions.
As post-pandemic dressing has seen a shift from the meticulously constructed dressing to the relaxed casual approach we’ve come to know and love, Ferragamo embraces this style for a perfectly imperfect utilitarian collection full of timeless, practical pieces.
Giorgio Armani Pays Tribute To Unfolding Situation In Ukraine With A Silent Show
In contrast to the bass-thumping, high impact fashion show we’ve all become accustomed to, Giorgio Armani opted for silence for its Fall/Winter runway show in Milan.
“My decision not to use any music was taken as a sign of respect towards the people involved in the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine,” the eponymous designer revealed on social media.
With Kyiv only 2,000 kilometres away, Armani chose to take a moment to pay his respects, with the only noises the clicking of cameras and footsteps of models.
It was a solemn and sincere collection, but a choice that was needed amongst the ongoing protests.
Tod’s Teaches Us About Italian Beauty
Legacy luxury labels Tod’s continues their pursuit of Italian excellence with their recent Fall/Winter 2022 collection.
House icons, like the Di Bag, are reimagined with new relevance for the modern Milano woman. Androgynous silhouettes, including a refined focus on tailoring and oversized outerwear, were prominent in the collection, acting as the uniform for a contemporary Italian lifestyle.